Before moving to Sydney and later to London, I had never really heard about cider, let alone the existence of London Cider Bars where nothing but the fermented alcoholic beverage made from the unfiltered juice of apples is served. It’s just something that is not known in The Netherlands at all! We’re a beer country, so drinking cider is something I had to learn.
Cider in Many Different Forms
Cider alcohol content varies from 1.2-8.5% or more in traditional English ciders, and 3.5-12% in continental ciders. In UK law, it must contain at least 35% apple juice, in the US there is a 50% minimum. In France, cider must be made solely from apples.
The flavor and appearance of cider varies as well. They can be classified from dry to sweet and range from cloudy with sediment to completely clear, as well as sparkling (most common) or still ciders. In winter on most London Christmas markets, you will find a warm cider, too.
A similar product made from fermented pear juice is called perry, or sometimes pear cider, although the use of this term is frowned on by some. Not by me though, as cider made by pears happens to be my favourite.
London Cider Bars – A Handpicked Guide
After tasting many different ciders from all over the world (even a local one during the EatingLondon Food Tour!), I must confess that I’ve become quite the appreciator and am looking for new brands and flavours every time I visit a pub.
I’d like to invite you today to follow me to some of London’s best cider pubs.
Cider Bars in Central London
- Pimlico Station – Chimes of Pimlico
- Euston Station – Euston Cider Tab
- Goodge Street Station – The Green Man
- St Paul’s Station – Williamson’s Tavern
- Farringdon Station – The Well
- Angel Station – The Duke of Cambridge
Cider Bars in North London
- Stoke Newington Station – The Jolly Butchers
- Gospel Oak Station – The Southampton Arms
- Crouch End – The Kings Head
- Hampstead Station – Duke of Hamilton
- Dartmouth Park Hill – The Lord Palmerston
Cider Bars in South London
- Brixton Station – Crown & Anchor
- London Bridge Station – The Miller
- Borough Market – New Forest Cider Stall
- Greenwich Station – The Greenwich Union
- Borough Market – The Market Porter
- Greenwich Station – Brew Wharf
Cider Bars in East London
- Hoxton Station – Howl at the Moon
- Old Street Station – Wenlock Arms
- Bethnal Green Station – The Kings Arms
- Canary Wharf Station – The Gun
- Hackney Central Station – The Pembury Tavern
Cider Bars in West London
- Northfields Station – The Plough Inn
- Knightsbridge Station – The Nag’s Head
- Ealing Broadway Station – The North Star
- Ealing Broadway Station – The Kings Arms
More London Cider Bars
For a complete guide to UK ciders, I can recommend visiting the ‘UK Cider Pub Guide‘ which gives suggestions for pubs all around the country serving either cider or perry.
We’ve put this list together so it can be printed out and taken with you when you go cider hunting. Enjoy those apples!